Tourist meets local children near flowering tree in Madagascar

Cultural Connections

Wilderness Travel’s long-term relationships in Madagascar give you the privilege of insider access and authentic cultural exchanges. Depending on the adventure you choose, you can visit a school that has been a success story for nearby families, travel to a fishing village by outrigger canoe, talk with local female weavers and see their hand-loomed designs, visit with traditional wood carvers and paper makers, dance to live Malagasy music, and visit a wildlife research center.

Women and children from Madagascar’s Betsileo tribe pour rice from baskets

Visit an Inspiring School

This project near Antananarivo was begun by a Malagasy couple with a background in education. They started a school for their employees’ children when they realized the staff at their artisan metal-working shop couldn’t afford to send their children to local classes. The school has grown to serve 380 children, ages 4-16, who are excelling academically.

Participate in a Cooking Class

An enchanting blend of French, Indonesian, Malaysian, and East African influences, traditional Malagasy cuisine is delicious, and we’ll be sure you sample the best of it. We visit a market to see ingredients ranging from golden-hued turmeric to fragrant local vanilla, and even have a cooking class right in the kitchen of a popular local restaurant.

Tourist in Madagascar with local weavers showing handicrafts

Meet Weavers at a Co-op

The Ranomafana Women’s Weaving Cooperative trains local women and offers sustainably made Malagasy scarves and baskets, providing economic stability. Our Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path group visits the weaving cooperative.

Talk with a Wildlife Researcher

ValBio Center is a world-class research facility founded by renowned primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright. The facility helps both the locals and the international community better understand the importance of conservation. Wilderness Travel’s Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path participants stop in, talk with a wildlife researcher, and attend a lecture.

Local women dancing in Madagascar

Dance to live Malagasy Music

With instruments and traditions spanning Africa, Indonesia, and the Arabian Peninsula, as well as France and Great Britain, Malagasy music is unique and haunting. At a private performance, you’ll be able to dance to the reverberations of the valiha, Madagascar’s national instrument, which is crafted from a hefty stalk of bamboo.

Participate in a reforestation project

Learn about the country’s unique environmental challenges in Andasibe. We’ll meet our guide’s son, who has been involved with reforestation for eight years, and a local man who has worked as a seed collector for 20 years.

Plant a seedling tree

Collaborate with a local guide association to help protect the environment. Our Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path participants can plant baobab seedlings along the Avenue of the Baobabs; Magical Madagascar participants can plant a local tree species in Andasibe.

View Our Madagascar Itineraries
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Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path
16 days from: $5895

Explore Madagascar's remote and seldom-visited nature reserves renowned for their endemic biodiversity: Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks, and Andasibe Reserve, home to the indri lemurs.

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Magical Madagascar
13 days from: $4995

A once-in-a-lifetime natural history adventure in Madagascar introduces you to a variety of lemurs, surreal landscapes, and botanical wonders found nowhere else on Earth. Explore Andasibe, Berenty, and Ankarana and Amber Mountain National Parks.

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Madagascar In Depth: Lemurs, Baobabs, and Stone Forests
26 days from: TBA

A once-in-a-lifetime natural history adventure in Madagascar introduces you to a variety of lemurs, surreal landscapes, and botanical wonders found nowhere else on Earth with Trip Leader Roger Williams.

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Our Africa specialists are your single point of contact and will be happy to answer any questions about our trips, help you choose the journey that’s right for you, and assist with any extensions you may be interested in. They even have great advice on what to pack! You’ll be in good hands, from the time of your first call to your departure on this adventure of a lifetime.